July 28th, 2009 by Dunc · 3 Comments
StarWars.com unearths some European gems from the twilight of original Star Wars mania… The Droids and Ewoks cartoons. Some, like the stuffed Ewoks above, are kind of terrifying. I’m pretty sure that guy on the right is sizing up that poor girl’s skull for his percussion kit.
Tagged: collecting · droids · ewoks · retro · wacky merchandise
July 16th, 2009 by Dunc · 1 Comment
Collecting. Star Wars Dixie Cups of yore. Or, get a virtual tour of Michael Jackson’s game room/collection gallery, which includes some great Star Wars stuff.
Fan Art. Tom Whalen’s stylized Return of the Jedi poster.
TV. Conan O’Brien jokes about the Vader toaster. I’m just relieved that someone else is underwhelmed by it.
Jedi, heal thyself. Only What You Take With You: Paths to confronting your fears, battling your demons and fufilling your potential.
Tagged: collecting · conan o'brien · fan art · retro · return of the jedi · yoda
June 30th, 2009 by Dunc · 9 Comments
This 1977 Tiger Beat feature (preserved for the ages by Stuck in the 70′s) is disturbingly squeeful… My question is, how the hell does one get ‘horse’ from Chewbacca? (via)
Tagged: lady business · mark hamill · retro
June 25th, 2009 by Dunc · 4 Comments
Other than collect action figures?
StarWars.com’s Pete Vilmur takes a look at the horrific girl-oriented merchandise of the 70′s. Sadly, things haven’t improved that much in 30 years. (Well, the dolls are nicer, but good luck finding a female one.)
Filed: fandom · star wars
Tagged: collecting · lady business · retro · toys
April 27th, 2009 by Dunc · 4 Comments
Of all the things I’ve come to expect on Etsy, a complete bathroom theme set has to be the most surprising… Yet completely natural. The only thing I should really be shocked at is that they haven’t apparently made a liscensed one yet. (Or have they?)
We’ve seen bedroom gear and dishware (The Phantom Menace ones were better) but bathroom products? Suddenly I’m seeing a new use for my Darth Vader pimp cup. [Vintage Star Wars Bath Sets by Greatful Thread, $165.]
(Check back later today for more Etsy gems!)
Filed: fandom · geek life
Tagged: etsy · fanmade · home decor · retro
April 2nd, 2009 by Dunc · 7 Comments
There is some seriously crazy stuff in StarWars.com’s look at faddish Star Wars merchandise: My favorite is the Luke Skywalker Member’s Only jacket. I swear if I didn’t actually remember the pogs and holograms and foil promo cards I would write the whole post off as April Fools…
Filed: star wars
Tagged: merchandise · retro · wacky merchandise
March 30th, 2009 by Dunc · 3 Comments
Flickr user DrHaggis has unearthed a Mad article from 1982 that makes predictions for the saga. There are several coincidences with the actual prequels – Episode II as Send in the Clones, a Skywalker being fathered by the force, Yoda defending Kashyyyk, Darth Vader as the father of Threepio, and Artoo knowing the full story of how the Jedi were disbanded (and “holding the entire history of the Galaxy in his memory banks,” which I believe is pretty damn close to the Georgefax.)
And yet, not a single attempt at Return of the Jedi…
Filed: star wars
Tagged: mad magazine · original trilogy · prequel trilogy · retro · spoofs
March 26th, 2009 by Dunc · 2 Comments
Yes ladies and gentlemen, for a mere $3,500, a
complete set of original trilogy Kenner figures could be yours. Or, you could spend it on something legitimately cool. (Personally, I’d go for a really sweet Mac. And maybe a print of the Kenners.) Your choice. (via)
Tagged: action figures · collecting · retro · toys
January 27th, 2009 by Dunc · No Comments
Pete Vilmur explores early Star Wars press in three parts: 1974-1975, 1976 and 1977.
Filed: star wars
Tagged: a new hope · retro
January 3rd, 2009 by Dunc · No Comments
A couple months ago, the LIFE photo archive went up in Google, fully searchable. Plenty has been done with them since then, but it didn’t occur to me to look for Star Wars until today. There isn’t a ton there – the bulk of images that come up are from The Phantom Menace premiere – but there are a few things of interest, like Time covers, some vintage toy pics and this shot of Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness and Mark Hamill at a party celebrating the tenth anniversary of A New Hope. You get about the same amount of shots searching for just George Lucas, and even more for Harrison Ford, but clearly Sir Alec wins. (Wait! Was it really a party for ANH? Now I doubt.) But perhaps most amusingly: Jar-Jar and Madeline Albright? Or Peter Cushing in Hamlet?
Off the fannish track, two of the more interesting uses I’ve seen around the web have been Jezebel’s The Way We Were features and Typophile’s book cover meme.
Filed: people · star wars
Tagged: a new hope · alec guinness · carrie fisher · design · george lucas · google · harrison ford · jar jar · mark hamill · peter cushing · photos · retro · the phantom menace